I tried, I really did, I tried to wait until the paperback to come out before reading this but I could not do it! I just couldn't! I fell in love with...more I tried, I really did, I tried to wait until the paperback to come out before reading this but I could not do it! I just couldn't! I fell in love with the first book and I had to have more! Finally, I just gave up and got it and I read it in one day and I have no regrets!
Okay, well, I did sort of have some regrets reading this book. I was super upset with Clara the majority of the book. She tells Tucker everything! Like, have you heard of keeping secrets, especially those that aren't yours to share? Apparently Clara hasn't. I just wanted to punch this woman. I'm glad she didn't grow into being one of those woman that depended so much on the guy, but talk about selfish! If there's a prize for selfishness, Clara would win it hands down.
And now I'm making it sound bad, I know I am, because you know, it wasn't so bad. At least she realized her selfish nature and realized what worrying about herself and Tucker and no one else was doing to her. I hated the way things turned out with her brother, Jeffery. I just wanted the two of them to kiss and makeup but there's just a lot with Jeffery that unsettles me and I wouldn't be surprised by the outcome of it all in the third book.
And since I'm not the last person on Earth to read this series I can finally say, TEAM CHRISTIAN! with so much joy. Obviously there isn't really much of a "team" thing going on in this book. It's obvious who she ends up with - the "team" thing was just for me, I am not embarrassed! If Hand even thinks about moving my girl over to someone else, I am going to go insane and possibly homicidal.
I loved this book, I really did. There were a lot of things that upset me, true, and it did take until near the end for things to really get started but once it did I was just, "Thank you!" because I know this could mean good things for the third book.
I have to wonder though just where this Black Wing thing is going. I mean, I feel like there should be a war since they are the bad guys and I feel like one may be coming but at the same time Hand is not doing a very good job of building it up. It feels like these two beings are just running around in circles, especially with the way things ended in this book.
Overall, I say read it! Because if you loved the first one you will love the second one. (less)
I was very excited to read this book. I have been hearing about it all summer and it was just getting amazing reviews. I was really looking forward to...more I was very excited to read this book. I have been hearing about it all summer and it was just getting amazing reviews. I was really looking forward to diving into Celaena's world and finding out the mystery and hoping for an epic time. I have been sorely lacking in reading some high fantasy novels, so this would have been a nice change.
Well, turns out that I was excited for nothing. This book was such a disappointment that I actually gave it away, and apparently not even my friend wants it. I think my biggest problem is that the story was very obvious, the reader knew who the killer was not even half-way through the story. I mean, let's not be too settle or anything but let's not be too confusing either so we'll just point a finger to a group of people, who the reader knows right away there's a problem with one of them.
And my second biggest problem was Celaena. Talk about a Mary Sue, there was absolutely nothing wrong with her, except that there was something wrong with her. I mean, can she not be good at something, please? And at such a young age, I just found it so unrealistic. I get, we're in a fictional setting, but reader's expect real characters, and she was not real. She was self-centered, and for an assassin she was a little too obsessed with clothing and looking pretty. I understand if the author wanted to give us full visuals, but we did not need paragraphs describing clothes, and I do mean it by the plural form.
Then there were the two guys. Fine, I get love-triangles are really in, but can we get these guys to have flaws, please? It doesn't help that the way they look at Celaena with this awe-she's-amazing sense that she looks at them. And I don't know how much of a love-triangle this was. Again, it was obvious who she would end up with, because from the beginning the reader understand that one sees her like a person, I guess, while the other sees her for a temporary moment as exciting.
I almost didn't finish. I didn't want to. I only did because I was on the Amtrak and I foolishly packed all my books in my luggage and all I was this book to read.
I would not recommend this books. All the characters are flat, there's no personality. They are all greedy and selfish, despite the fact that Celaena doesn't want to see herself in such a light. And it was a little obvious who would win. Nothing in this book shocked me. I was really annoyed with the focus on the clothes, and I felt like the mythology was poorly constructed. The author kept throwing in country names and I had to keep referring to the map, but in the end decided to just give up. I didn't understand anything.
And to drive home a deeper point, are any of these characters polite? I did not see Celaena utter one thank you. And granted, she's in a tough spot fighting for her freedom, but when someone does something nice you don't question the motives, you say thank you and then question the motives. I was so mad at her. Not to mention she was so demanding. She didn't even live in the palace and already she was giving orders. I just wanted to tell her, "It's your dog, take care of it yourself." And that makes no sense unless you read the book, but I just couldn't take her.
The whole thing was poorly constructed and I could have gone the rest of my life without reading this novel. I do not suggest it for anything. (less)
At first, I was afraid that this would be another Twilight-type novel, where the human girl falls in love with the supernat...moreOverall, I LOVED this book!
At first, I was afraid that this would be another Twilight-type novel, where the human girl falls in love with the supernatural being and all of a sudden her life just revolves around him and nothing else matters. That type of story. And for a while it seemed that way too, especially with the way Haden was acting, which is too Edward-like.
But, quickly into the novel you realize, this is nothing like Twilight. It's better, because Theia is a strong female and she does have her own mind. And since the beginning Theia has had to battle her own personal demons, but I didn't like how she was so down on herself. Yet, the reader can understand why she feels so low about herself considering everything that happened that led to her birth.
And I really wish there was more moments with her father, but I did like their one on one moment, but you get frustrated because here are two people who are suffering and instead of reaching out to each other they just push away, or at least that's what Theia's father does, and you're never sure if you should feel bad for this man because he's lost something important, or grab him by the shoulder and tell him, "Look, you lost one person, don't let the other go!"
Haden, for a moment I was afraid I would not like him. He seemed so smug and really pulls off the new-hot-guy-in-town persona, and what I really like what Gwen did was that she made him real! You see Haden and the Hell he lives in - literally. Well into the novel Gwen takes it a whole step further with Haden. And besides being real, he's hot, he's sexy, he's delicious, he really has a demon fighting inside of him that just won't let him go, and while his problem is paranormal you can almost connect to him. For those who did read it, I think it's safe to say we appreciate our mom's a heck of a lot more compared to Haden's.
The best part? I had fun reading this. I mentioned the Twilight reference I know this novel is going to suffer, well apparently Gwen knew the same thing too because there were moments where I had to stop reading I was laughing so hard to the little jabs she takes at the book.
And Gwen herself, she had this way of bring the characters to life. Theia's two best friends are such opposite of each other and of her, and they all just fit together nicely. We all have those friend's that are afraid to do something risky, or those friends who likes to give the guy that likes her a real difficult time or those that are sheltered in life. There was something about these three girl's that fit nicely and they can play off each other well.
Some downsides? Like I said before, I wished that Theia was just a little tougher, but she was forgiven later on. Besides that, I felt like she could have added just a little more. I can't say too much, but there is a part which I hope will be addressed in book 2.
Haunting, sexy, funny, enjoyable, unexpected, twisted, and adventures are just a few words I can use to describe this novel and I cannot wait for book two to come out. This book was not at all what I expected!
For those who read it and didn't know there was a number two coming out it's Dreaming Awake and to be released January 3rd, 2012.
I'm not going to lie; I was completely and utterly surprised by the ending. Like my jaw dropped.
Right from the first few pages you understand that the...moreI'm not going to lie; I was completely and utterly surprised by the ending. Like my jaw dropped.
Right from the first few pages you understand that there is something twisted and wrong about the friendship between Zoe and Cara and I believe that Elizabeth does a wonderful job getting to the core of this friendship and slowly watching the decay of it.
Cara at first is a character that you sympathize with because being in an unfamiliar surrounding, not really having friends, and then getting bullied by the popular girl's, you really want things to end well for her.
Another thing that Elizabeth did well was giving slight hints into the actual mind set of Cara, but you really don't get the full force until the end, which makes things far more interesting.
The pace was well done, and frankly the novel wasn't too long, but it also wasn't too short either.
I read this in one day. If you have yet to read this book pay attention to Zoe throughout the novel and Cara, very closely. At first I didn't really get the correlation between the two besides these were best friends and Zoe was the classic troubled teen who was abused by her step father, type of thing, and Cara was desperate for some familiarity in her life. But as the story progresses there is something about the two of them that connects, and I can't reveal what because that would be telling you everything.
Mysterious, twisted, and dark this is the best psychological thriller I have read the entire year. I say that you should really pick up a copy and read this. You'll be so into this you'll finish it in one sitting most likely. I loved this book and I'm surprised that I have nothing terribly bad to say about it. Elizabeth Woods is the best debut thus far, though you really get a sense that this author is really private since it's almost impossible to find anything about her, but if someone can like get an article or anything else that she's written I would appreciate that. I tried her website and it took me somewhere else, so besides living in Ohio we know nothing about her.
I would love to know where this idea came from.
All I have to say is pick it up and read it. You won't regret it. (less)
Finally time to go back to YA, and I have to say, as excited as I was to read this book when I first got it, I was a little disappointed. There was a...moreFinally time to go back to YA, and I have to say, as excited as I was to read this book when I first got it, I was a little disappointed. There was a lot of hype surrounding it and so many people telling me what it was like and how it would leave me on the edge of my seat, and it left me alright, but on the edge of losing my mind.
The character Skye I never connected very well for her. It seemed like she was very much a person who let things happen to her. I didn't like her friend Cassie much either, though the author brought out the closeness between the two friend's and made it very clear. I didn't like Skye actually. And I can understand how it's hard for her to do anything especially when she has two boy's telling her that she has two very different destines that could potential hurt the other. I just wish that Skye could be a little more outspoken.
A lot of the time I felt that she was just unhappy. There seemed to be very little moments where she was ever truly happy. And I get that her whole world is turning upside down right now, don't get me wrong, but I felt like she could have handled it a little better to be honest.
And, of course, there's the ending. I just don't know what to say. I don't want to say she had it coming, because that would be incredibly harsh, but when a guy who's protected me since the moment I met him attempts to protect me again, I don't run away from him, I go to him. I get she was probably hurt because she thought, who knows what, but that irked me. Even as a third party I already knew what was going to happen and it would take a complete idiot not to guess. She saw what the Order was capable of and she saw how she upset them; dude, put two and two together, it's not rocket science.
But, I'm not going to say too much, even though I really want to. I just can't wait for book two to come out, sometime this year.
Four stars because the main character had no life in her. She was stiff, moody, and could never make a clear choice, or made stupid choices that caused stupid things to happen to her. Four stars because Davies left us at the tip of something big, which will obviously unravel in the coming next two books.
Surprisingly, I will probably read the books that will come, just because I won't be able to let this one go. So, now that I've complained enough, the novel was very original, it had very distinct characters. In the beginning, believe me, I wanted to punch Asher. Even though Skye needs a serious character transformation, both Devin and Asher were clear to read for the most part.
We'll just have to see what happens in the coming books that will surely take us to another world. A Beautiful Dark is a quick read that will leave you with a whirlwind of emotions. (less)